Everything from Christmas trees to fake snow can trigger symptoms, experts warn
SATURDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- It's easy for the holidays to become the season of sneezing, congestion and other woes for people with food or other allergies and asthma, say experts at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
But some preventive measures can cut symptoms to a minimum, they say.
"Whether it's feasting on holiday meals, setting up your Christmas tree, or visiting your pet-owning relatives, allergy triggers may be lurking inside of our warm, cozy homes this time of year," Alisa M. Smith, vice-chairwoman of the AAAAI's indoor allergen committee, said in a prepared statement. "Unfortunately, with busy schedules, travel time and the stress of the holidays, it is easy to forget to take the proper care when dealing with allergies and asthma. However, avoiding potential triggers and taking the proper precautions is necessary to keep symptoms under control."
The AAAAI offers the following tips for people with asthma and different types of allergies:
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about controlling allergy symptoms.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, news release; Nov. 5, 2007
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